Wellcome Image Awards 2015
Opening 19 March
Suitable for all ages

For the second year running, the Museum of Science & Industry is delighted to be one of just a handful of UK science centres and venues selected by the Wellcome Trust, to exhibit the winning entries in the prestigious and coveted Wellcome Image Awards. Showcasing the best in science imaging talent and techniques, these 20 brand new and award winning images go on display later this month in the stunning surrounds of the museum’s original and oldest surviving First Class Booking Hall.
Amongst this year’s crop of award-winning entries is the image of an interactive multi-sensory unit designed to provide a distraction for anxious children undergoing serious hospital procedures. The paediatric sensory unit – approximately 5 ft tall and inclusive of a bubble tube, fibre optic lights, mirrors, a solar projector and the capability of producing sound – was captured by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Operational Service Manager for Clinical Photography and Medical Illustration, Geraldine Thompson. She is also one of 1200 STEM Ambassadors associated with the museum, helping to inspire young people across greater Manchester about science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War
Opening 28 March 2015
Recommended for ages 9+

What connected sprinklers, shells and scientists to put Manchester’s makers on the map in Britain’s attempt to win the First World War? Uncover the answers to this and other surprising facts in the World Premiere of the Museum of Science & Industry’s debut war exhibition from 28 March. The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War features over 30 unique and original never before seen artefacts, images and documents to bring to life the largely untold stories of how Mancunian innovation helped to turn around the outcome of the First World War.
Opening to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Munitions, this family friendly exhibition – complete with hands-on gadgets – commemorates David Lloyd George’s visit to Manchester where his rally call for the city’s makers to step up their war effort resulted in the overwhelming support from the ordinary factory worker to the most eminent scientists and engineers.
It brought Oldham factory owner and electrical engineer Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti to the fore and this brand new, year-long exhibition pays homage to his significant and life-changing contribution to the First World War.Through never seen before letters and company archives, The Innovation Race: Manchester’s Makers Join the First World War highlights the vital role the entire Ferranti family played in leading Britain to victory.

3D: Printing the Future
Until 19 April 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm
Suitable for all

Try it. Perfect it. Print it. Join the 3D printing revolution at MOSI. From printed knickers and a synthetic heart, to printed pills and skull scaffolds, visit our hugely popular 3D printing exhibition to discover how this revolutionary technology could change your life. Featuring over 500 3D printed objects, this visually stunning installation celebrates and illustrates how 3D printing inspires creativity and ground-breaking design. It is also fitting that these state of the art objects created by one of the most innovative technologies of today are on display in the Museum’s historic 1830 Warehouse, the worlds’ first railway warehouse and thus the most innovative building of its day.


Wellcome Sexology Season: Let’s talk about Sex – Late
Wednesday 11 March
7pm – 10pm
Strictly 18+ only

Why do we get jealous? Does love exist? Why do we fancy people? Forget about matters of the heart. This is science. Join us at the museum after dark for a night of all things biological – from tongue tingling aphrodisiacs and sensual sexperiments to a glimpse of the science behind sex.

Solar Eclipse at Pi: Platform for Investigation:
21 March
10.30 – 3.30pm

Don’t be in the dark about the solar eclipse. Let Manchester Astronomical Society and The University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences reveal the secrets of the solar system at Pi: Platform for Investigation.
To celebrate one of the most amazing events of the celestial calendar, we’ve invited astronomers and star gazers to host a day of all things space. Budding Chris Hadfields and Brian Coxes can discover more about our solar system and its place in the universe.

Pi: Platform for Investigation showcases cutting edge science up close and offers visitors of all ages the unique opportunity to explore – for free – the wonders of science creatively and in the company of leading researchers and scientists.

27 March
Adults: £3 + one child
Suitable for all under 6s

Popular, creative and monthly activity sessions for under 6s – where puppets and storytelling bring science to life for toddlers. Booking is highly recommended as these sessions do sell out.

Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road
Tel: 0161 832 2244

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